Quick and Easy Sweet-Tart Apple Sauce (Why Buy?)

26 Dec

We made latkes for Christmas Eve. I know, these grated potato fritters are more connected with Judaism and Hannukah than Christianity, but they made perfect sense with our global tapas menu, plus my son is a very Old Testament kind of kid who is adamant that we need to have a menorah next year and who bought himself dreidels with his leftover money from the school holiday shopping fair.

We used Roma for sweet, Granny Smith for tart, and Honeycrisp because they are delicious.

We used Roma for sweet, Granny Smith for tart, and Honeycrisp because they are delicious.

Welcome to New York, where as the comedian Jackie Mason used to say, everyone is at least half-Jewish.

Anyhoo, we are still working out  our latke recipe, but in the meantime, they tasted very nice with the traditional accompaniments of sour cream and this apple sauce. Apple sauce is very easy to make and allows you to choose how sweet or tart and how sooth or chunky you want it. We have a fun apple peeler and corer, so the little guy can get involved too!

Delicious any time!

Delicious any time!

Apple Sauce (makes about a pint and a half)

3 lbs mixed apples (try to combine tart and sweet), peeled, cored and sliced

(you may skip the peeling if you will be using a food processor/to add pink color)

1 Tbs light brown sugar (white will work fine)

1 Tbs lemon juice

Zest and juice of one Clementine (half the quantities if using navel orange)

Pinch salt

Water as needed

Cinnamon to taste (optional)

Place all ingredients except water and cinnamon) in a heavy lidded pot. Bring to a boil at medium high; lower heat to medium and simmer covered for 10-15 minutes, until apples soften and break up, adding water by the ¼ Cup if needed (fresh, fall apples are juicier; apples that have been stored may be less juicy). Mash or run through food processor until you reach desired texture. Stir in cinnamon if desired. Serve. (May be refrigerated for about four days).

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6 Responses to “Quick and Easy Sweet-Tart Apple Sauce (Why Buy?)”

  1. Karen December 27, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Adding the clementine juice must give the applesauce a nice taste.

  2. Tammy December 26, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    The corer looks like so much fun! I spent so much time in the kitchen over the past two days that I am sitting here catching up on blogs! I wish you the best in 2014!

  3. Mad Dog December 26, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Those peelers are so cool! I hope you are all having a fab holiday 🙂

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